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NHL Fantasy Start / Sit – 1/28

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Here are your start / sit fantasy recommendations for the January 28th NHL games.

Please note that you should always start your star players. This list is here to help you if you have two similar players and are debating on which one to start.

While a player may be a “sit” recommendation, he should still be put in your lineup over a player without a game tonight. Accumulating stats takes priority over no stats at all.

Different factors go into picking start / sit candidates including strength of opponent, scoring categories, history vs opponent and sometimes, gut feelings. Take that into consideration before making your final decision.

Players are listed in no particular order.

NOTE: These recommendations are posted before the first game of the day. Some changes may be made if any major changes occur to NHL lineups such as injuries, scratches, or especially, starting goalies, once new information is received. Check back often for any changes, especially for late games.

Forwards

File Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

File Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Start Sit
Zack Kassian – VAN Gabriel Landeskog – COL
(Seeing top line action. 3 G, 1 on the PP, in 5 games) (Will not play tonight)
Gabriel Bourque – NSH Chad LaRose – CAR
(Seeing increased ice time. 1 pt in 3 games) (Still scoreless. Won’t help in other categories)
Ryan Johansen – CBJ Patric Hornqvist – NSH
(Looks good early. 15 SOG in 5 games) (Lower body injury. Out indefinitely) 
Nathan Horton – BOS Derek Roy – DAL
(Time on ice, numbers increasing with every game) (Will sit again tonight)
Jiri Tlusty – CAR Cam Atkinson – CBJ
(Seeing increased ice time. 8 SOG last 2 gms) (Placed on IR. Will not play)

Defensemen

File Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

File Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Start Sit
Oliver Ekman-Larsson – PHX Joe Corvo – CAR
(4 pts, 2 on the PP, 15 SOG in 5 gms) (Still scoreless. Healthy scratch last game)
James Wisniewski – CBJ Zbynek Michalek  – PHX
(12 SOG in 5 gms. 12 pts, +6 in 17 gms vs DAL) (Scoreless. 4 pts in 20 gms vs NSH)
Justin Schultz – EDM Slava Voynov – LA
(2 G, 6 pts, 14 SOG in 4 gms. Should be starting in every lg) (Scoreless, not providing much in other categories)
Ryan Wilson – COL Justin Faulk – CAR
(Getting plenty of ice time. 2nd on tm with 14 SOG) (Out for tonight’s game)
Dougie Hamilton  – BOS Jack Johnson  – CBJ
(Pts starting to come. 3 pts, 6 SOG last 2 gms) (0 pts in 5 gms. Tough matchup tonight)

Goalies

File Photo: Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photo/Getty Images

File Photo: Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photo/Getty Images

Start Sit
Anton Khudobin – BOS Chad Johnson  – PHX
(Gets the start for the Bruins. Career 5-1, 1.32 GAA) (1st NHL start since 5/31/11)
Kari Lehtonen – DAL Semyon Varlamov – COL
(Gets start vs weak tm. 5-3-1, 1.78 GAA in 9 gms vs CBJ) (0-2 on the road this season. 3-3, 2.49 career vs EDM)
Roberto Luongo – VAN Devan Dubnyk  – EDM
(Starts for Canucks. 14-9-3, 2.22 in 26 gms vs LA) (Has struggled early with a 3.82 GAA in 4 games)
Cam Ward – CAR Sergei Bobrovsky  – CBJ
(Has looked better. 4-0, 1.25 GAA last season vs BOS) (Tough matchup with Benn’s return)

 

Remember, use this list as a guideline if you are debating between a few players to round out your lineup. Just because a star player appears on the “sit” list doesn’t necessarily mean you should sit that player if your other options aren’t decidedly better.

If you have any questions about your fantasy lineup, don’t hesitate to ask.

Good Luck!

Carlos Figueiredo
NHL Rankings & Content Editor
Dynasty Sports Empire
@SpeakoftheDevs

 

About The Author:   Carlos is the NHL Rankings and Content Editor for Dynasty Sports Empire. He has been a hockey fan for as long as he can remember, and has been writing about hockey for over five years. He is the owner / writer / editor for SpeakingoftheDevils.com and has also contributed work for various other hockey websites. He has been playing fantasy sports since the days when you had to pull stats from USA Today the morning after games were played.

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